Opening Weekend, April 26 & 27, at Hester Street Fair is coming right around the corner and it could very well be the most delicious ever. Our picks on what to eat and drink on Opening Weekend.
Hudson & Charles is a “Nose to Tail” custom cut butcher shop located in Manhattan’s West Village. All their meats are from Animal Welfare approved farm and are antibiotic, hormone and steroid free all raised by small farms in upstate NY. Their Beef is 100% Grass fed and finished and their pork, lamb and chicken are 100% pasture raised.
They will be rotating one of the following tasty items every week:
Pasture Raised Porchetta Sandwich: Orange Fennel Roasted Porchetta, Bitter Greens, served on a Sourdough Ciabatta Bun. $10
Pastured Beer Pork Brat with Fermented Sauerkraut: Pastured Pork Brat with organic spices, cooked in beer and served with fermented Sauerkraut on a roll. $10
100% Grass Fed Beef Umami Sausage Sandwich with Spicy Kimchi: 100% Grass Fed Beef Umami Sausage with organic spices, adzuki bean miso and ponzu, served on a roll, topped with spicy kimchi slaw. $10
Cubano: Pastured Pernil and Ham, served in a roll with pickles, cheese and mustard. $10
5 alarm 100% Grass fed Chili: 100% grass fed beef, organic kidney beans, spicy organic tomato sauce, served with corn bread and topped with sour cream and scallions. $10
Heezy and Steve both left their corporate 9-5s to follow their dreams of opening a restaurant. Zhà's Asian Fried Riceball is a spin on the classic dim sum dish Lo Mai Gai (sticky rice stuffed with chicken) with a light crunchy shell like an Italian arancini. Each rice ball is crunchy, soft, and incredible juicy inside. They revolve unique and delicious specials weekly so come back every week for a taste of something different!
Zhà-Mi: (Asian Fried Rice Ball) + pickled vegetables. $5
CHAR-SIU (Chinese BBQ Pork): slow-roasted pork, onions, sweet Hoisin
BULGOGI (Korean BBQ Beef): ribeye, carrots, onions, Gochujang
THAI YELLOW CURRY (Tofu): tofu, red bell peppers, onions
Xiao Zhà-Mi: (Mini Fried Rice Balls) 3 for $5
K-POPPERS: Kim-Chi fried rice w/ bacon, eggs, carrots, scallions
PLUS revolving weekly Specials: Korean Chicken & Waffles, Fried Coconut Rice Pudding balls, Hawaiian Breakfast, Crispy Wontons w/ shrimp and pork
Ssam BBQ focuses on using only the highest quality all natural cuts of meats, combined with their own lip smacking homemade marinades to create a quick, delicious, and memorable dining experience.
The menu focuses on three dishes, Galbi (beef short rib in a soy based marinade), Dak Galbi (spicy chicken) and Daeji Bulgogi (spicy pork). These meats are cooked fresh and served to order. Three serving methods are offered: traditional SSAM (lettuce wraps), Ssam-wich (brioche roll), and rice bowl. Each of the serving choices acts as a blank canvas on which they build upon with complimentary ingredients, each of which enhances the full flavor of the dish.
Traditional Galbi:Beef short rib, marinated in our secret soy based sauce. Recommended Serving Style: SSAM. $11
Daeji Bulgogi: Berkshire pork, thinly sliced and marinated in our secret spicy chilli sauce. Recommended Serving Style: Rice Bowl. $9
Dak Galbi: Amish raised chicken, marinated and smothered in our secret curried chilli sauce. Recommended Serving Style: Ssam-wich. $8
Jicama: California Street Food serves beautiful farm inspired dishes that rejuvenate and invigorate. Jicama was born as a journey to create a refreshing and bright healthy cuisine that caters to all palettes while keeping up with ever changing food trends. Their entire menu is gluten-free. Both carnivores and vegans alike will find delicious gems on their NorCal inspired menu which was created from their passion of blending Asian and Latin cuisines.
A selection of 3-4 each week (100% gluten-free).
Kale Sausage Wrap: Andouille sausage, pineapple and jalapeños wrapped in dinosaur kale with a spicy crema drizzle. 2 for $7.50
Jicama Carnitas: Pulled pork, mango, red cabbage, cilantro, lime, and chile served on slices of Jicama. 3 for $8.50
Salty and Sweet Pulled Pork Slider: Pulled pork, kale, beet sauerkraut sandwiched between mini sugar doughnuts. Veggie option available. 3 for $9
Mexican mac-n-cheese: Cotija mac-n-cheese with chipotle-toasted cornflakes on a blue corn tortilla. Veggie option available. 2 for $7.50
Elote: Mexican style corn on the cob, served with a ginger-garlic sauce, lime, cilantro and chile. Vegan. $5
Tamale: Veggie, Mole Chicken, or Sweet Corn served with Salsa Verde. Vegan options available. $5
Huaraches: Oval-shaped corn masa cake topped with mixed veggies, queso fresco, red onions and cilantro. Veggie option available. $7
Aqua Frescas: Seasonal fresh waters: daily flavors vary, watermelon, tamarind, cucumber-mint-lime, mango, pineapple. $3.50
It doesn’t take a master chef to make a great lobster roll. It takes great lobster. Luke Holden of Luke’s Lobster knows where to get the best stuff around. He buys 100% of his lobster in Maine, where he grew up, built his own skiff, and launched a lobster company while still in high school. When Luke moved to New York, he found lobster rolls drowning in mayo and diluted with celery for up to $30. He and his dad, Jeff, turned to their longstanding relationships with lobstermen to cut out the middle man and get that sweet lobster down to the city, where they could serve it the way it was meant to be: pure, in a griddled New England split-top bun, with no filler.
Rolls are made MAINE style! The seafood is served chilled atop a New England style, split-top bun with a swipe of mayo, a drizzle of lemon-butter, and a dash of our secret spices.
Lobster Rolls: $16
Crab Rolls: $14
Shrimp Rolls: $9
Cape Cod Chips: $1
Maine Root Soda: $3
Break out the fine china and tablecloths, An Artistic Taste brings modern, artistic, and perfectly composed dishes to Hester Street Fair.
Brussels Sprouts: crisp brussels sprouts, candy caramelized onions, fig and grape yogurt
Sumac French fries: hand cut potato, sumac and parsley
Fried Chicken Buns: butter milk and sage fried chicken, mango glaze and carrot salsa
Lobster and Truffle Mac: crispy mac squares, sweet Montauk lobster, black summer truffles poached egg and bernaise sauce
Risotto: crimini mushrooms with agave and parmesean
Salmon: atlantic salmon, mixed veggie farro salad, orange champagne reduction
Scallops: curry pumpkin veloute sauce, mole spice and House made croutons
An Artistic Taste Burger: short-rib brisket burger, confit onions, gruyere and veal reduction sauce
After working in multiple restaurants in NYC since 1998 as a Pastry Chef, Mixologist, Line Cook, Kitchen Manager and everything in between, Deviant Chef broke out on his own to create his signature Asian and Latin style Burgers and Sandwiches.
Yakiniku Cheese Steak: Thinly sliced rib eye steak with, Korean peppers, onions and provolone. $8
Okonomi Burger: Miso burger in between two yakisoba scallion pancakes. $7
Donburi: Choice of meat over mixed rice or curry quinoa, with dashi tamago, pickled root veggies & bean sprouts. $8
PHAT BOY SUBS: Laos style sandwiches filled with cucumbers, pickled root veggies, Korean peppers, red onions & bitter greens. $8
3 Little pigs: Braised pork shoulder, roasted pork belly & bacon confit. $8
Taisho: Organic chicken sausage meatballs. $8
Miso Brisket: Sweet miso and garlic rubbed Brisket. $8
Phuket Chicken: Coconut green curry chicken. $8
Vegans Delight: Roasted eggplant, portobello cap & trio of wild mushrooms. $8
Snap’s menu features hot dogs with classic regional toppings. They use quality, locally-made ingredients including organic all-beef hot dogs from Brooklyn Bangers, artisanal pickles from Rick’s Picks and farmer’s market produce and cheese. The centerpiece of Snap’s menu is a classic Chicago-style hot dog for $5. Order it with “the works” for an entire meal on a bun.
Chicago Dog: yellow mustard, sweet pickle relish, chopped onion, tomato wedges, dill pickle spear, sport peppers, dash of celery salt. $5
Brooklyn Dog: chopped onion, sauerkraut, spicy brown mustard. $5
The Dogfather: provolone cheese, diced tomatoes, chopped onion, pickles, oil & vinegar and oregano. $5
Perro Caliente: Colombian style with pineapple, coleslaw, fresh mayo, ketchup, mustard, crushed McClure’s potato chips. $5
McClure’s potato chips: garlic dill, spicy pickle or bloody mary flavors. $2
Raspberry Rooibos Iced Tea - $3/$4
Khao Man Gai NY was last years Vendy Award Winner for Best Market Vendor. Their Chicken and Rice dish, Khao man gai, is one of the most popular aahan jaan diaw, or, one plate meals, in all of Thailand.
Khao Man Gai
Tom Yum Noodles
Organic Chicken Wings
Cafe Patoro is a NYC food company devoted to making the famous Brazilian “pão de queijo” a staple in the local breakfast and snack food culture. “Pão de queijo” (aka PDQ) is a small cheese-flavored tapioca roll, popular in Brazil and other South American countries. Made only with real ingredients, their products are gluten-free and yeast-free, and have no artificial colors or flavors, no preservatives, no MSGs, no trans fats.
Cheese: Original, Feta, Cheddar
Seasoned: Onion & Chives, Pesto, Roasted Garlic
Veggies: Jalapeno, Black Olive, Tomato Basil
Charcuterie: Pepperoni, Cheddar Bacon, Maple Bacon
3 for $5, box of 12 for $7
Macaron Parlour was founded in 2010 by Christina Ha and Simon Tung. They offer an array of macarons that expand beyond traditional flavors. While paying homage to typical buttercream and ganache fillings, they also provide unconventional and savory options such as s’mores, red velvet, and candied bacon with maple cream cheese. Additionally, they were the first to make select macarons with brown sugar, which they believe enhances flavor and complements the filling.
$2.50 each, box of 6 - $15, box of 12 - $28, box of 24 - $54
Melt Bakery started at the Hester Street Fair in 2010 and now have the first Ice Cream Sandwich Store in NYC.
Assorted sandwiches are $4 each.
Kerry and Christen’s paths crossed in 2010 when working together at a restaurant in New York City. They both had recently changed careers and relocated from smaller towns, and quickly discovered that they shared the sweet dream of opening a treat-shop. They decided to put this vision to action and drafted a sugarcoated business plan. In 2013, Baking Soda Shop was up and running! The duo’s handcrafted chocolate butter crunch, delicious cookies, almond crunch, and more can be purchased anytime at www.bakingsodashop.com.
Butter Crunch: 3.5 oz bag. $8
Black Strap Ginger Snaps: $1/cookie
Chocolate Chip Cookie: $3
Mint Chocolate Chip Cookie: $3
Aronia Almond Crunch: $7
Caramels: $1 each
12oz Cold Brew: $3